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The Cloud Imperative

The unmissable opportunity for Asia Pacific

What's your cloud possible?

    COVID-19 has turned the world on its head – and has changed the way we live, work and conduct business. 

    In the last 12 months, we have seen organisations large and small rapidly transform their operations to become more digital and technology enabled. They all have one thing in common – they want to create a streamlined, efficient, cost-effective and customer-oriented organisation that can swiftly respond to external challenges and compete with confidence 

    This is where Cloud comes in. Our ‘Cloud Imperative’ report provides a glimpse into how organisations are using cloud to unlock organisations’ digital potential, address a host of challenges and make what may appear impossible at first, possible. Not just in weathering the COVID-19 crisis, but well beyond it. Cloud offers strong foundations to ensure operations and teams are prepared to tackle new shocks and disruption. 

    Download the executive summary now to see what opportunities lie ahead.

    State of play for cloud adoption

    In the last decade, cloud has been the driving force of technology change in the business environment, so cloud is not a new concept. However, more recently, we have seen a shift in business models and mindsets, that have led to the upsurge in adoption of cloud services.

    Enhanced enterprise security capabilities in online technologies, coupled with the business benefits around productivity, cost reduction and scalability, provide a compelling case for businesses to redefine their business models to operate within the cloud environment.

    Our research has explored the current state of play of cloud adoption across the Asia Pacific markets and industries, looking at the historical and expected investment to come in cloud technology, reasons why organisations are switching to cloud and cloud readiness across the industries.

    Public cloud investment

    Public cloud services have experienced tremendous growth across Asia Pacific over the last five years, growing an average 40% each year between 2015 and 2020 to reach $43 billion across the eight focus markets in this study.

    Key findings include:

    • The region will continue to lead the way in the adoption of public cloud services, over the next few years, with IT cloud spend forecasted to triple by 2024 to more than $116 billion.
    • Two industries are going to lead the way, with the remaining industries seeing significant potential for competitive advantage, driven by cloud adoption in the future.

    Request a copy of the full report to understand the likely challenges of cloud adoption and how best to prepare your organisation.

    The use of cloud

    Most businesses have made large strides in investing and adopting cloud technology. Overall, only 7% of business leaders surveyed indicated their organisations had not adopted any cloud technology. However, of those organisations that have adopted cloud technology the sophistication and level and adoption vary significantly with only 11% indicating an advanced level of adoption.

    Key findings include:

    • The most common use of cloud by businesses is supporting operational efficiency but there are significant differences across industries
    • Around two thirds of businesses are seeking to increase the cloud skills of their workforce
    • In the next five years, the region will see greater take up of industry 4.0 technologies, underpinned and enhanced by cloud

    Request a copy of the full report to understand the likely challenges of cloud adoption and how best to prepare your organisation.

    Cloud readiness

    The level of cloud adoption varies across industries and markets. Across markets, cloud readiness can be affected by the industry structure of the economy, government policies and the market’s economic development. Across industries, cloud adoption will be affected by the respective industries’ investment in technology, level of disruption occurring in the industry (e.g. ease of new entrants) and intensity of competition.

    Key findings include:

    • We have identified 4 key domains that measure the readiness of organisations to realise the potential of cloud
    • Most businesses already have some basic use of cloud though only one out of ten would have a high degree of readiness
    • How cloud ready companies are, will be important for the next steps they take.

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    Business benefits of cloud

    Cloud has real and significant benefits to organisations. Business leaders in the region identified several core organisational benefits associated with implementing cloud technology and expect investments in cloud technology to have an impact on future bottom line.

    Key findings include:

    • Operational efficiency is the top ranked organisation benefit associated with cloud technology, with 72% of business leaders surveyed stating they were already experiencing benefits.
    • The potential of cloud and the advanced technologies it could enable, means there will likely be new business value creating opportunities that the world has not even come to realise yet.
    • By taking the next step in their cloud journey businesses can reinvent themselves and gain a competitive edge.

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    Economic value of cloud

    Productivity is a measure of how efficiently an economy uses labour and capital resources when producing and delivering goods and services. It is the fundamental driver of economic growth and key to long term improvements in living standards.

    One way to improve productivity is through technological enhancements. Cloud contributes to labour and capital productivity by increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of both. Cloud services also act as an important enabler for other digital technologies, such as artificial intelligence, which are themselves driving productivity growth.

    Key findings include:

    • We estimate that, between 2015 and 2019, the adoption of cloud services contributed $US98 billion (in 2019 real terms) to GDP in the Asia Pacific region.
    • Overall, there are more benefits to come from cloud. Deloitte Access Economics expects the adoption of cloud services to contribute a further $US160 billion to the Asia Pacific economy from 2020 to 2024.

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